The town of Lewes got its start back in 1631 when a little more than two-dozen men from Holland sailed to the New World to establish a whale-oil colony along the western shores of the Delaware Bay. As the fort of Swanendael, or Valley of the Swans, was centralized, a misunderstanding between the colonists and the native people led to the fort's destruction and the colonists' massacre. Given the initial colonization of Swanendael, this allows Lewes to lay claim to being "the First Town in the First State."
By 1682, William Penn was granted the three lower counties that now make up Delaware as part of his Pennsylvania territory. Penn decided to name the southernmost county for Sussex, England, his home province, and renamed Deale as Lewes after the port city in Sussex, England.
The town thrived as people arrived and merchants set up shop over the years. Churches and a courthouse were built as the town grew and became a busy port where ships would restock supplies. Lewes also served as the seat of Sussex County until 1791 when the government was relocated to Georgetown, a more central location.
By the 1960s, the menhaden business bottomed out. The fish that had produced an industry disappeared and the companies that relied on it had moved on. The loss of that industry, as well as a clam factory, marked a monumental change for Lewes.
From 1990 to 2000, nearly 700 additional full-time residents settled in to make Lewes their new home. The population, according to the 2000 census, came in at a little more than 2,900 people.
With nearly four centuries of history, Lewes has been transformed from a community of whalers and fishermen to one that is equally dependent on the sea, but in a much different way. Tourism has helped fuel a 20-year growth spurt in Lewes. Picturesque beach homes have replaced quaint cottages amid the sand dunes, and hardware stores and mom-and-pop stores have made way for bistros and boutiques. The new wave of residents has come seeking a slower paced lifestyle, lower taxes, and the lack of urban crime.
Lewes also remains an east coast port of call and is home to a large fleet of charter fishing boats. It is likewise the base of the Delaware Bay and River Pilots Association, whose members guide cargo vessels to and from the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia. Lewes is also the site of the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies and is the southern terminal for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.
CHEER is happy to announce our exciting fall festival -- CHEER’s 50+ Frontier Festival. It will be a day filled with fun and surprises on Friday, September 22, 2017. There will be all types of activities and entertainment by real “Cowboys and Indians” featuring whip cracking and ceremonial Indian dances. This event invites the 50+ mature adult population as well as members and prospective members of CHEER to enjoy health education and health professionals on site to answer your questions. Special attraction of the day will be the Introduction of CHEER’s new Life Care Village, a new 50+ community. The Frontier Festival will be held at the Warren L. and Charles C. Allen, Jr. CHEER Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown, DE, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ~~~ CHEER is a non-profit agency which has served Sussex County’s seniors since 1971. It provides services to the 50+ population such as Meals-On-Wheels, Nutrition, Volunteer Opportunities, Transportation, Personal Assistance for in-home care, an Adult Day Program. Our 7 Activity Centers providefor socialization, meals and many other programs! We invite you to join us as a sponsor on September 22. Your support will help CHEER continue to serve the 50+ maturing adults in Sussex County. Enclosed is a sponsorship opportunity form. Completed forms should be mailed to Judy Lodge, CHEER Inc., Frontier Festival Chair, at 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown, DE 19947. You may also email them to Jlodge@cheerde.com
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The Market is open every Saturday from 8 am to noon. The Park is located at George H.P. Smith Park, at the corner of Dupont and Johnson Avenues and the best parking for the new location can be found at the Shields Elementary School and Lewes School Parking lots, just off the corner of Savannah Road and a short walk to the Market. In case of inclement weather, the Market is sometimes relocated to the Shields Elementary School Parking Lot. This year, the Market continues its SNAP (EBT Food Stamps) program. To help lower economic barriers to local, healthy food, the HLFM matches up to $20 each participant each week with HLFM Bonus Bucks. SNAP participants are encouraged to come to the SNAP tent at the Market to pick up the bonus $20 in tokens to use at the Market.
corner of Dupont and Johnson Avenues and the best parking for the new location can be found at the Shields Elementary School and Lewes School Parking lots, just off the corner of Savannah Road and a short walk to the Market. In case of inclement weather, the Market is sometimes relocated to the Shields Elementary School Parking Lot. This year, the Market continues its SNAP (EBT Food Stamps) program. To help lower economic barriers to local, healthy food, the HLFM matches up to $20 each participant each week with HLFM Bonus Bucks. SNAP participants are encouraged to come to the SNAP tent at the Market to pick up the bonus $20 in tokens to use at the Market.
|Bob Evans Farms Restaurant||Lewes, DE||302-645-0871|
|Cafe Azafran||Lewes, DE||302-644-4446|
|China Garden||Lewes, DE||302-645-6445|
|Fish On!||Lewes, DE||302-645-9790|
|Fisherman's Wharf||Lewes, DE||302-645-8862|
|Gilligan's Waterfront Restaurant||Lewes, DE||302-644-0723|
|Hing Wang Chinese Restaurant||Lewes, DE||302-645-0889|
|Irish Eyes||Lewes, DE||302-645-6888|
|JD Shuckers||Lewes, DE||302-945-8850|
|Lemon Tree Restaurant||Lewes, DE||302-645-0481|
|Mr. P Pizza & Pasta||Lewes, DE||302-645-1900|
|Pelican Grille||Lewes, DE||302-945-6620|
|Striper Bites||Lewes, DE||302-645-4657|
|Surf Bagel & Deli||Lewes, DE||302-644-1822|
|The Buttery||Lewes, DE||302-645-7755|
|The Wharf||Lewes, De||302-645-6271|
|Tijuana Taxi||Lewes, DE||302-644-8294|
|Tokyo Steakhouse||Lewes, DE||302-645-9728|
|Albert Frank's Fine Jewelry||Lewes, DE||302-645-1718|
|Aquamarine on Market||Lewes, DE||302-644-4550|
|Auntie M's Emporium||Lewes, DE||302-644-1804|
|Back Bay Art Glass, LLC||Lewes, DE||302-645-1825|
|Blooming Boutique||Lewes, DE||302-644-2463|
|Cape Henlopen Wicker||Lewes, DE||302-644-2000|
|Chatelaine's Jewelry||Lewes, DE||302-645-1511|
|Creative Concepts||Lewes, DE||302-645-6200|
|Habersham Peddler Interiors||Lewes, DE||302-645-8383|
|Heritage Antique Market||Lewes, DE||302-645-2309|
|Josephine Keir Ltd- Antiques, Fine Arts & Rugs||Lewes, DE||302-645-9047|
|Kids' Ketch||Lewes, DE||302-645-8448|
|Lewes Gourmet||Lewes, DE||302-645-1661|
|Lewes Mercantile Antique Gallery||Lewes, DE||302-645-7900|
|Mare's Bears Quilt Shop||Lewes, DE||302-644-0556|
|Mugs & Stitches||Lewes, DE||302-360-3600|
|P.U.P.S. of Lewes||Lewes, DE||302-645-9010|
|The Beach Jetty||Lewes, DE||302-645-4606|
|The Furniture Gallery||Lewes, DE||302-645-7043|
|The Soap Fairy||Lewes, DE||302-645-4596|
|The Stepping Stone||Lewes, DE||302-645-1254|
|Trader's Jewelry & Gifts||Lewes, DE||302-645-6536|
|Twila Farrell / The Figurehead||Lewes, DE||302-645-7007|
|Two Friends, Ltd.||Lewes, DE||302-644-0477|
|Very European||Lewes, DE||302-644-7778|
|Beacon Motel||Lewes, DE||302-645-4888|
|Blue Water House||Lewes, DE||302-645-7832|
|Cape Henlopen Motel||Lewes, DE||302-645-2828|
|Hotel Blue||Lewes, DE||302-645-4880|
|Hotel Rodney||Lewes, DE||302-645-6466|
|Inn at Canal Square||Lewes, DE||302-644-3377|
|King's Inn||Lewes, DE||302-645-6438|
|Lazy L at Willow Creek||Lewes, DE||302-644-7220|
|Red Mill Inn||Lewes, DE||302-645-9736|
|Sleep Inn & Suites||Lewes, DE||302-644-8796|
|Sleep Inn & Suites||Lewes, DE||302-645-6464|
|Vesuvio Motel||Lewes, DE||302-645-2224|
|Virden House Bed & Breakfast||Lewes, DE||302-644-4402|